Steve defends his favorite city, San Francisco, Emory thinks it's shallow and it "chilled him to the bone." Steve and Ruth described the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival they were in San Francisco to attended. Commending the late Warren Hellman and his surviving family who have provided the three day music festival free for the public for the last twelve years.
In 2011, Warren Hellman talks about the festival's history.
A highlight performance for Steve was Doug Mead and his Grassy Knoll Boys, who he describes as hot, honky tonk country music band, aware of bebop jazz, and able to rock.
Chuck Mead performing "Girl On The Billboard" at Music City Roots live from the Loveless Cafe on 4.11.2012
Emory describes a Day of the Dead art show, Space In Color which included work by Sonya Fe. Besides her four paintings, he appreciated the many perspectives on Art and the theme, particularly appreciating the sculpted insects.
He also critiqued the feature film, "The Master," as like visiting an empty cathedral where everything is awe inspiring, but nothing going on. Stunning performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams, vivid depiction of the time period, but disconnected, and ultimately, unsatisfying.
Peach describes "Ai Weiwei: According to What?", his retrospective at Hirschhorn Museum, in Washington D.C., which included MRI images of his cranial injuries inflicted by prison guards, a snake made of back packs belonging to school children who were crushed when their school buildings collapsed in earthquake, and large photos embedded in the floor of the "Bird Nest" stadium used for the Beijing Olympics 2008.
Steve discussed Ai Weiwei's use of social media, including continuously streamed self-surveillance as protection against mistreatment by agents of his country's government.
Peach described Straight, 2008â12, Steel rebar (38 tons).
Steve commended Patti Smith, who ended the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with music encouraging individuals to stand up for themselves, use their imaginations, and use their power to create the life they want.
Patti Smith, "We Shall Live Again (Ghostdance)" for the late festival producer, Warren Hellman
Emory observes that Ai Weiwei's example shows the risk individuals take to when standing up for themselves.
Emory attended the Watts Towers Arts Center's annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival, where percussionist, Ndugu Chancler, performed as well as many other internationally renowned, local musicians, in celebration of the historic working class neighborhood. Charlie Mingus and Buddy Collette were raised near the Watts Towers while Simon Rodia was constructing them.
Leon Ndugu Chancler at Kreato The Netherlands 2011
During the 2012 Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival, sculptor, Charles Dickson explains his "Spirit Tree" project at the Watts Towers Art Center.
Ruth and Peach have added blogs to their Google Plus profiles, Ruth's , Peach's , Erik and Emory expect to follow.